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Nature

Situated along eight miles of white sand beaches within the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Portofino Island offers the perfect balance of indulgence and natural beauty. Portofino’s protected shoreline offers endless opportunities for recreation and rejuvenation on, in, and beside the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Santa Rosa Sound.

Portofino was built in a way that put environment first. Each of Portofino’s five towers are designed to have a minimal impact on the surrounding environment. In fact, the position of each tower not only makes way for wide open views but also leaves 64 percent of the 28-acre resort in a natural state.

Eco-adventures are plentiful within the Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf Islands National Seashore, which recently ranked third in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Beach Awards. Hike, bike, kayak, or cruise along the shoreline to catch a glimpse of indigenous flora and fauna. Shorebirds ranging from sandpipers, gulls and snowy plover provide guests a wonderful show as they hunt for food along the shoreline. While great blue herons, hawks and osprey make their nests and search for food within Santa Rosa Sound and the park.  The Gulf of Mexico is teaming with marine life, ranging from endangered sea turtles and rare fish to dolphins and sting rays.

Head inland to be pampered at the spa with nature as the backdrop. Let Portofino’s highly-trained staff spoil you in one of nature’s last unspoiled playgrounds.